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Lesser Sheath-tailed Bat
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 
     
   

Malayan Colugo
Singapore
 

 
     
   

White-handed Gibbon
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 
     
   

Black-headed Cat Snake
Peninsular Malaysia
 

 
     
   

Emerald Skink
Lombok, Indonesia
 

 


 

The Southwest monsoon is now setting in. Typically at this time of the year the prevailing winds are generated in the Indian Ocean, bringing rain to northern parts of Southeast Asia. For southern parts of the region this is when countries such as Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia suffer haze from forest burning in Sumatra.

I can remember a time back in the 1980's when there was simply no haze being generated in Sumatra. The skies of Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia were clear year round. Now, people and governments expect this terrible environmental pollution to appear without fail. The Singapore government even distributes a quota of N95 face masks free of charge to its people. Every year governments in the region sit around tables and talk about this problem, but is still continues. And what future is there for the dwindling forests in Sumatra and the wildlife it supports ? Truly, this is a depressing, annual feature of life in Southeast Asia.
 

 
   
  

Last update : 14th July 2014
 

  
  A tale of two fish: cyanide fishing and foreign bosses off Sulawesi's coast (Part I)
  Thailand faces trade ban over ivory failings: CITES
  Will Malaysia be sanctioned for illegal wildlife trade?
  Singapore Airlines Cargo to stop carrying shark痴 fins from August
  Malaysian citizens want govt to spend more to save native rainforests
  On the brink of extinction: Javan rhino has new enemy in invasive palm
  Despite moratorium, Indonesia now has world's highest deforestation rate
  Market surveys find disturbing increase in Thai ivory market
  Borneo : Tufted Ground Squirrel has the world's fluffiest tail
  Burma / Thailand : Cruel trade in Asian elephants threatens survival - report
     

(For links to older news articles, search the news links)

 


So what's new on my website ? I've spent some time updating my primate pages (some are still under construction) with some helpful images from Andie Ang. I always prefer photographs taken in a natural setting as they give clues to the way of life, diet and habitat of the species. There are no zoo photos on Ecology Asia ... actually that's not quite true, there is one and I challenge you to find it !


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Thanks to : Sophia Sak Baker, Andie Ang, Chan Kwok Wai, Vilma D'Rozario, Christine Fletcher, Horst Flotow, Con Foley, James Gan, Graeme Guy, Dave Haylock, Tim Jackson, Benjamin Lee, Leong Tzi Ming, Joseph Lim, Kelvin Lim, Norman Lim, Celine Low, Shawn Lum, Ng Bee Choo, Tony O'Dempsey, Mark O'Shea, Bruce Paterson, Timothy Pwee, Subaraj Rajathurai, Stephen Richards, Morten Strange, Ria Tan, Andrew Tay, Robert Teo, Noel Thomas,  Yeo Suay Hwee  ... I get by with a little help from my friends.